Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Matisse Chapel

One of the ways I relax late at night, (such a night owl!), is to watch movies & lately I've been very drawn to art themes. Netflix is a great place to seek out titles I might not find otherwise. I came across ,"A Model for Matisse" & wanted to share it;

"This charming documentary explores the friendship between artist Henri Matisse and the woman who inspired him to create some of his best-loved works, Dominican nun Sister Jacques-Marie. The 83-year-old nun discusses her days as a model and muse for Matisse, including her role in what he considered his life's masterpiece: the paintings and stained-glass windows of the Chapel of the Rosary in the French Mediterranean village of Vence."

The Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence (Chapel of the Rosary), often referred to as the Matisse Chapel is a small chapel built for Dominican sisters that was built and decorated between 1949 and 1951. It houses a number of Matisse originals and was regarded by Matisse himself as his "masterpiece". Many regard it as one of the great religious structures of the 20th century.

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